Who is Elena Rybakina's Coach?


Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina at the 2023 WTA Finals


NameElena Rybakina
Age 24 years old
DOBJune 17, 1999
Nationality
Kazakh
Marital StatusUnmarried
Turned Pro2016
Titles7


24-year-old Elena Rybakina is a professional tennis player from Kazakhstan. She made her WTA Tour debut in October 2017 at the Kremlin Cup. But she first came into the limelight in 2022, after winning her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, becoming the first player from Kazakhstan to win a major title. She has won seven WTA singles titles in her career so far, including one Grand Slam and two WTA 1000 titles.


Besides winning Wimbledon in 2022, Elena Rybakina also made the final of the Australian Open in 2023, where she lost against Aryna Sabalenka in an entertaining three-set match. Her best performance in the French Open came in 2021, where she reached the quarterfinals after defeating Serena Williams in the fourth round.


Who is Elena Rybakina's coach, Stefano Vukov?

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Elena Rybakina with her team after winning the 2023 Indian Wells Open


Stefano Vukov is the coach of Elena Rybakina. Stefano Vukov is a tennis coach and former player from Croatia, who was born on March 27, 1987, in Rijeka, Croatia. He has coached Elena Rybakina since 2019.


Vukov was born to a dentist mother and a software engineer father in the Croatian city of Rijeka. He began playing tennis when he was 12 years old, but because his family placed a high value on education, he graduated from college and is still pursuing a career in tennis. In 2007, Vukov achieved his career-high ATP ranking of No. 1122. He primarily competed on the ITF Futures Circuit and retired from tennis in 2009.


A few years later, he started working as a professional tennis coach in Florida, working with future WTA players such as Anhelina Kalinina, Sachia Vickery, and Renata Zarazúa.


How long did Stefano Vukov coach Elena Rybakina?

Elena Rybakina, who was then among the top 200 players in the WTA, hired Vukov as her traveling coach in February 2019 and is still her coach as of December 2023.


Rybakina credited Vukov for helping to improve her game, she rose rapidly through the rankings, scratching the top 30 under Vukov's guidance. In July 2019, she won her first WTA title, and later won her first grand slam title at the 2022 Wimbledon.


How many titles did Elena Rybakina win with Stefano Vukov?

Elena Rybakina has won the following titles with coach Stefano Vukov:


  • Bucharest Open 2019 (International level) on clay court.

  • Hobart International 2020 (International level) on hard court.

  • Wimbledon 2022 (Grand Slam) on grass court.

  • Indian Wells Open 2023 (WTA 1000 level) on hard court.

  • Italian Open 2023 (WTA 1000 level) on clay court.


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Elena Rybakina at the Wimbledon 2022

Who are the other coaches for Elena Rybakina?

At the age of 18, Rybakina hired Andrei Chesnokov to be her private coach. The two had previously trained together at the Spartak Tennis Club. Chesnokov did not accompany her on tournament trips; he only mentored her in Moscow.


Andrei Chesnokov was itself a professional tennis player, who achieved his highest ATP singles rank of No. 9 in 1991. He won 7 ATP singles in his career, including the Monte Carlo Open in 1990, and the Canadian Open in 1991. His best Grand Slam performance came in 1989 at the French Open, where he reached the semifinals.

FAQs

Q. Who is Elena Rybakina’s coach?

A. Elena Rybakina has been coached by Stefano Vukov since 2019.

Q. Why did Elena Rybakina change nationality?

A. Elena Rybakina changed her nationality because the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation gave her financial support. 

Q. Has Elena Rybakina won a Grand Slam?

A. Yes, Elena Rybakina won her first grand slam title at the Wimbledon in 2022.

Q. How tall is Elena Rybakina?

A. Elena Rybakina is 6 feet 0 inches (1.84 m) tall. 

Q. How old is Elena Rybakina?

A. Elena Rybakina is 24 years old, as of early 2024. She was born on, June 17, 1999.